Odd rhyme claim

Amy West medievalist at W-STS.COM
Wed Dec 16 13:40:15 UTC 2009

I can't speak to the Magliozzi's accent, but the \pay-tree-ought\
pron. sounds either like a stage elocution pronunciation to me or a
(forced) upper-crust pron.

---Amy West
(in Worcester, with Boston relations)

>Date:    Tue, 15 Dec 2009 23:56:19 -0500
>From:    "Joel S. Berson" <Berson at ATT.NET>
>Subject: Re: Odd rhyme claim
>At 12/15/2009 11:00 PM, Jerome Foster wrote:
>>For a current example listen to Click and Clack, the Magliozzi brothers on
>Do they say "ought" ("awt") -- which I can't relate to "patriot",
>even in New England, or "ott", as in the baseball player Mel -- which
>I can imagine in New England for both "patriot" and "thought"
>("thott" -- the vowel a little like "cah" for "carr"?)  I'll have to
>listen next Saturday.

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